(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 27 May 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "AGHON" {EWINIAR} was estimated based on all available data at 95 km East of Baler, Aurora (15.6°N, 122.5°E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 170 km/h. It is moving North Northeastward at 10 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western section of Southern Luzon and Visayas. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CSC accepts nominations for the outstanding public servants, HR practitioner, Ulirang Kawani 

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, May 14 (PIA) – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced that they are still accepting nominations for the 2015 Regional Search for The Outstanding Public Servants (TOPS), Outstanding Human Resource Management Practitioner, Outstanding Agency and Ulirang Kawani here in Caraga Region.

CSC Caraga regional director Resurreccion Pueyo said that the programs recognizes and rewards civil servants who have given pride and glory to the government service by continuously showing excellence in terms of innovations and inventions or who bravely carry out duties mindless of the obstacles and difficulties.

Each government agency is encouraged to commence the periodic review of the performance of officials and employees. “There is no limit to the number of nominees your agency may submit,” added Pueyo.

TOPS is open to all elective and appointive officials in this region. Should be recipient of Award (national and regional) within three years prior to the date of nomination, and must bare significant accomplishments for the last two years.

Also, the general qualification for the Outstanding Human Resource Management Officer (HRMO)/ Administrative Officer (AO) Award Category includes any position who actually performs human resource related functions; must have rendered at least one year of service in the job as of December 31, 2014; must have attended relevant CSC initiated trainings in 2014; and must have conducted at last 1 CSC training in his/her respective agency.

As to criteria, the policy implementation is 40%; records management-30%; human resource development (HRD) capacity buiiding-20%; and inter-intra personal relationship-10%.

According to Pueyo, the Outstanding Agency Award is awarded to the agency of the awarded outstanding HRMO/AO who is supportive to the programs of the Commission.

Meanwhile, the Ulirang Kawani Award is open to all appointive officials and employees in the region nominated by the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) Committee/ Non-government Organization (NGO) Employees’ Association; has no absences exceeding 3 days for the whole year of 2014, exclusive of absences due to forced leave, special leave privileges, paternity or maternity leave, sick leave; has no tardy and /or undertime exceeding five times in 2014; has good inter-intra personal relationship with co-employees, superirir officers, and the transacting public; has involvement in the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities; and with special achievement/contribution to the office based on the norms and conduct.

“With your full support and assistance in this undertaking, we are assured of a continued partnership in promoting a culture of ethics and excellence in the public service,” emphasized Pueyo.

For additional details, you may contact the Regional Search Secretariat at telephone numbers (085)342-6089/815-3370. (VLG/PIA Caraga)

BIR clarifies issues on eFPS, eBIRForms implementation

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 14 (PIA) – In time with the second quarter meeting of the Regional Development Council – Development Administration Committee (RDC-DAC) meeting held on Thursday here, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Caraga has clarified issues and concerns on the implementation of the Electronic Platform in Filing Tax Returns under eFPS or eBIRForms for filing Income Tax Returns for Calendar Year 2014.

Edelwesa Patubo, Client Support Unit acting assistant head of BIR-Caraga reiterated that the BIR is committed to collect taxes for nation-building through excellent, efficient and transparent service, just and fair enforcement of tax laws, uplifting the life of every Filipino.

“In connection with the implementation of the Electronic Platform in Filling Tax Returns under the eFPS or eBIRForms especially for those who filed for filing and payment of Income Tax Returns for Calendar Year 2014 which was due last April 15, 2015, the Circular No. 19-2015 was issued to provide answers/resolutions to frequently asked questions in addition to those already posted in the eFPS/eBIRForms Systems available in the BIR website,” Patubo bared.

Patubo also explained that the online eBIRForms is a filing infrastructure that accepts tax returns submitted online and automatically computes penalties for tax returns submitted beyond the due date.

When asked who are those mandated to use the eFPS, Patubo disclosed that these are the following: Taxpayer Account Management Program (TAMP) Taxpayers (Revenue Regulation No. 10-2014); Accredited Importer and Prospective Importer required to secure the BIR-ICC and BIR-BCC (RR No. 10-2014); National Government Agencies (RR No. 1-2013); All Licensed Local Contractors (RR No. 10-2012); Enterprises enjoying Fiscal Incentives (RR No. 1-2010); Top 5,000 Individual Taxpayers (RR No. 6-2009); Corporations with Paid-Up Capital Stock of P10 million and above (RR No. 10-2007); Corporations with Complete Computerized Accounting System (RR No. 10-2007); Procuring Government Agencies with respect to Withholding of VAT and Percentage Taxes (RR No. 3-2005); Government Bidders (RR No. 3-2005); Insurance Companies and Stock Brokers (Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 71-2004); Large Taxpayers (RR No. 2-2002, as amended); and Top 20,000 Private Corporation (RR No. 2-98, as amended).

Also, for those who are mandated to use eBIRForms and eFile are the following: Accredited Tax Agents/Practitioners and all its client-taxpayers who authorized them to file in their behalf; Accredited Printers of Principal and Supplementary Receipts/Invoices; One-Time Transaction taxpayers; Those engaged in business, or those with mix income (both compensation and business income) who shall file a “No Payment” Return (exception under RMC No. 12-2015); Government-Owned or Controlled Corporations; Local Government Units, except barangays; Cooperatives, registered with National Electrification Administration (NEA) and Local Water Utilities Administrations (LWUA).

“Not all taxpayers are required to file electronically. Only taxpayers enumerated in items no. 5 and 6 of the RMC No. 19-2015 are required/mandated to file electronically. Other taxpayers such as Micro Small Medium Enterprises who are filing their own returns and have tax payment due are not required to file electronically. However, nothing prevents them to voluntarily enroll and file using either the eFPS/eBIRForms electronic platform of the BIR. Thus, the existing procedures on Manual Filing shall still apply,” Patubo emphasized.

Patubo further clarified that only those taxpayers enumerated under item no. 6 of same RMC (as mentioned under RR No. 6-2014) are mandated to use and enroll in the eBIRForms System. Individual and non-individual taxpayers who do not fall under those categories may still file manually using the printed BIR Forms or file using the generated form from the Offline eBIRForms either manually or electronically by online submission or e-filing.

Meanwhile, as to the penalties for failure to file returns under electronic systems of the BIR by taxpayers mandatorily covered by eFPS or eBIRForms, Patubo stressed that all taxpayers mandated under the existing issuances, who fail to do so, shall be imposed a penalty of P1,000 per return pursuant to Section 250 of the NIRC of 1997, as amended.

“In addition, the taxpayer, shall also be imposed civil penalties equivalent to 25 percent of the tax due to be paid, for filings a return not in accordance with existing regulations, thus, tantamount to wrong venue filing pursuant to Section 248 (A) (3) of the NIRC of 1997, as amended,” added Patubo. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Caraga LGUs urged to pay withholding tax, mandatory obligations’ payment promptly

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, May 14 (PIA — The Regional Development Council - Development Administration Committee (RDC-DAC) has approved Resolution No. 6, Series of 2015 in their 2nd quarter meeting, Thursday, May 14 held at Samping Avenue, J.C. Aquino Avenue, this city.

Subject matter of Resolution No. 6 was “Endorsing to the RDC the request to the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) and the various Leagues of Local Government Units (LGUs) to strongly urge all local government units (LGUs) to promptly remit the correct Bureau Internal Revenues (BIR) withholding taxes and mandatory obligations to Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).”

The said resolution was the answer to the committee’s proposal of “Inclusion of Regular Remittance by the LGUs of the Correct BIR Withholding Taxes and Other Mandatory Obligations as an Additional Criterion in Evaluating Nominees for conferment of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG)" during their first quarter meeting.

 “Instead of recommending the inclusion of this matter as another criterion in our assessment for the conferment of the seal of local good governance, let’s just make a resolution enjoining the LGUs to remit promptly in accordance to the requirements of the agencies concerned,” Cabadbaran Mayor Dale B. Corvera, RDC-DAC chairperson said.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga regional director Lilibeth Famacion also asserted that there was no need for another criterion because the three criteria of the core assessment for the seal (good financial housekeeping, disaster preparedness and social protection) were already hard for the LGUs to comply with.

“The matter regarding these issues is already covered in the good financial housekeeping. If it would be separated as another criterion then, I think, it would be more challenging for the LGUs,” Famacion added.

“We all agree that the present criteria of the conferment of the seal are indeed stringent. So, with this it is but right to affirm the endorsement to call for the LGUs to pay promptly all these obligations to help in the efforts of the concerned agencies. Not only for a requirement but it is a responsibilty and of course, maapektuhan din kasi nito ang benefits ng ating mga employees (the employees' benefits will also be affected),” said NEDA Caraga regional director and RDC Caraga vice chairperson Mylah Faye Aurora B. CariΓ±o.

Before the approval of the resolution, presentations of the status of Caraga’s LGUs payment for withholding taxes and other mandatory obligations preceded. GSIS, PhilHealth and BIR regional offices gave summaries of their previous annual reports.

The stated reports were also the bases for assessing the LGUs performance for further evaluation for SGLG.

Another major resolutions accepted in the conference were the endorsement to the RDC the request of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Peace Process (OPAPP) to the Regional Line Agencies for the Inclusion of Unfunded Peace building Interventions in PAMANA Areas in its FY 2016 Budget and Subsequent Budgets and the request of the DAC for the submission of the members of the council for their proposed research topics on or before May 22 for this year's Research Agenda. (DJA/PIA Caraga)

DepEd holds K to 12 BEP mass training in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 14 (PIA) – A seven-day live-in mass training on the K to 12 Basic Education Program for Grade IV teachers is being conducted by the Department of Education (DepEd) Division Office in Surigao del Sur on May 11-17, 2015.

Simultaneously being held at four separate venues—Selades Apartelle, Shacene Pension House and Restaurant, Jins’ Restaurant, and Villa Maria Luisa Hotel—the said undertaking is aimed at preparing the concerned teachers to handle subjects on said grade level starting this upcoming school year, according to a training design obtained from Surigao del Sur DepEd Division Office. 

A total of 526 Grade IV teachers coming from both divisions of Surigao del Sur and Tandag City are required to attend, it was learned.

Dr. Marilou Dedumo and Dr. Gregoria Su are the respective heads of said DepEd Divisions. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Cebuano News: Libreng operasyon sa katarata gipahigayon sa Siargao

Ni Mary Jul Escalante

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mayo 14 (PIA) – Libreng operasyon sa katarata kun “cataract" ug pagtangtang sa teredium malampuson nga gipahigayon niadtong Mayo 8-9, 2015 didto sa Siargao District Hospital, ning probinsya.

Adunay mokabat sa 23 ka mga pasyente ang nakatagamtam sa libre nga pagtangtang sa katarata ug unom sa teredium.

Ang maong operasyon gipanguluhan ni Dr. Victorio Cajeta kauban sa uban pa nga mga doktor, nurses ug optometrists gikan sa Velez Hospital ug Perpetual Succor sa Cebu City sa pakigtambayayong sa probinsya pinaagi sa Provincial Health Office sa pagpangulo ni Dr. Isabel B. Makinano.

Ang maong kalihukan kabahin na gihapon kini sa kasaulogan sa 114th Founding Anniversary sa probinsya karong umaabot Mayo 15 ning tuiga nga nagdala sa temang “Empowering Communities Through Sustainable Agri-Toruism Development.”  (SDR/PIC-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)